Several pieces of legislation apply in Ontario’s provincial parks such as the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006, the Liquor Licence Act and the Highway Traffic Act. The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 contains rules about tobacco and cannabis and the Cannabis Control Act, 2017 contains rules about cannabis which apply in provincial parks.
In Ontario and Ontario’s provincial parks, smoking tobacco or cannabis, or using an electronic cigarette (vaping) is not permitted in areas including buildings; children’s playgrounds and 20 metres around the playground; or sporting areas such as volleyball and beach volleyball areas, designated swimming areas, baseball diamonds, soccer fields and 20 metres around the sporting or spectator areas.
Smoking tobacco or cannabis, or using an electronic cigarette (vaping), is permitted on a registered campsite in a provincial park.
For more information about Ontario’s rules for recreational cannabis use, please visit www.ontario.ca/cannabis.
When will the parks close and for how long?
As of March 19, 2020, provincial parks are closed to the public for all recreational activities until April 30, 2020.
Why did the Ministry decide to close provincial parks? Is this a result of the province declaring a state of emergency?
Public safety and the health and well being of our visitors and staff is our top priority. In response to Ontario’s state of emergency declaration, the ministry has closed provincial parks to assist the province with its efforts to keep Ontarians safe.
Why did the ministry close provincial parks for day use? Why can’t I go for a hike?
Public Health experts advise that social-distancing is essential to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. By closing provincial parks for day-use activities, such as hiking, the ministry is doing its part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by discouraging non-essential travel to our provincial parks.
If I have already paid for my reservation, will I get a refund?
Reservations for arrivals up to and including April 30, 2020 will receive a full refund with no penalty. The cancellation process will be done automatically and there is no need for you to contact Ontario Parks to receive your refund. Please do not attempt to cancel your reservation online, as this may trigger a cancellation fee.
Please allow up to seven business days for your refund to appear on your credit card statement.
How will the public be notified of the closure of provincial parks?
Notification of closures will be posted at parks and on OntarioParks.com.
All public use facilities including campgrounds, roofed accommodations, trails and the backcountry are closed and will not be maintained during the closure period.
Can I make future reservations for the 2020 camping season?
While we cannot predict the future impact of COVID-19 on Ontario Parks at this time, we are accepting future reservations beyond April 30, 2020. If you are making or have made a reservation beyond April 30, 2019, please continue to visit OntarioParks.com for the most up-to-date information.
Where can I find more information about COVID-19?
Visit Ontario's website at www.ontario.ca/coronavirus to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
A Remotely Piloted Aircraft System, more commonly referred to as a drone, is an aircraft. Aircraft (including drones) cannot be taken into or operated in a provincial park without authorization from the park superintendent. If the park superintendent authorizes the operation of a drone, the drone pilot must:
Transport Canada is responsible for the regulation of drones and more information is available by following this link: https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/drone-safety.html
Ontario Parks recognizes that the practice of scattering cremated remains is an important part of the religious beliefs of many families. Anyone who wishes to scatter the cremated remains of a loved one can do so in Ontario’s provincial parks on both land and in water.
Who do I contact?
It is recommended that you contact the Park Superintendent in advance to arrange a suitable, accessible location within the park. Provincial parks that have a designated site are:
Forks of the Credit
As a reminder, all day-use visitors entering an Ontario provincial park must purchase a permit which allows the vehicle and its occupants to be in the park between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
What do I need to know?
Ontario’s provincial parks are dedicated to the people of Ontario and to visitors, for their inspiration, spiritual, education, health and recreational enjoyment – with the intention that these areas be managed to protect provincially significant natural and cultural features and preserved for future generations.
The Funeral Burial and Cremation Services Act prohibits the interment (burial) of human remains, including urns (containing ashes) except in a registered and operating cemetery.
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